Friday, November 7, 2008

Natural and Organic Cleaners: Baby Girl All Purpose Cleaner Review

Now that I’m a dog mom, I’ve found that I have to careful with the types of cleaners I use to clean The Condo because the ingredients of some household cleaners are toxic to pets. My research shows that even some ingredients in some natural cleaners, like tea tree oil are poisonous to pets. Of course Blitzkrieg wouldn’t mind if I stopped cleaning altogether and used that time to play with him because he thinks baths and general household cleanliness is overrated. However, the other inhabitants of The Condo don’t feel that way. Therefore, I’m always on the lookout for cleaning products that will keep the humans happy with a clean Condo and keep the dog happy by doing it such a way that it won’t possibly infringe upon his health.

The makers of Baby Girl Products feel the same way. They say:

"Then I switched to “safer” products on the market, only to find out that those products weren’t safe either. I was determined to find a way that I could keep my house clean without putting my family’s health in danger. I researched every homemade formula that I could find. I spent hours mixing and cleaning until I found a safe product that worked well. I consulted several chemists and the EPA to ensure that my products were effective and environmentally responsible. The demand from friends and family grew so I began to market my products by starting this company.”

Baby Girl Products sent me a bottle of their All Purpose Cleaner to review. I noticed two things about this product right away. The first, that they listed all of the ingredients of the cleaner right on the front of the bottle (water, vinegar, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, peppermint essential oil blend, organic aloe vera, rosemary extract, calcium carbonate), something that is not required by household cleaner makers in the United States and something I really appreciate. Secondly, I had to add water to the solid ingredients in the spray bottle. Shipping the cleaner without the water added makes shipping the product less expensive and uses less gasoline to ship. I like that. I only wish that more manufacturers would do the same thing.

I used the Baby Girl All Purpose Cleaner to clean everything in The Condo for a month. Here’s what I found.

The Good
The All Purpose Cleaner cleaned everything in my house very well. Sinks, counter tops, floors, toilets, bathtub, shower stall, and even did well on my nemesis, soap sum on the glass shower door. I even used it to clean the bathroom mirrors and Blitzkrieg’s nose prints off the siding glass patio door. The patio door was a little streaky but was better than when I’ve used other all purpose cleaners to clean mirrors or windows in a pinch. However, based on how well the All Purpose Cleaner did the job it really wasn’t created to do, I’m sure that Baby Girl’s Window Cleaner would do the job a little better and streak free.

The Not So Good
There’s very little that I didn’t like about this product. Some people might not like that you have to add 3 cups of water to the container and shake it up before using it the first time, but that didn’t bother me at all. That only negative I found with this product is that I tended to use a little more of the All Purpose Cleaner to get the job done but not due to performance, largely due to the fact that I like that it smelled like essential oils and not like a bunch of fake flowers.

If you’re interested in a good natural all purpose cleaner with certified organic ingredients, then Baby Girl Products All Purpose Cleaner is the household cleaner for you.